Research & Collections
Providence Public Library offers a rich variety of resources, whether you're looking for artistic inspiration, working on a research paper or a dissertation, starting a new business or just looking for something good to read.
One of the best places to start your search is by contacting our Information Services librarians for guidance. Then find resources related to a subject you're interested in and search our online catalog. We have historic materials from around the world and across time, and you can visit to use them for research or just for fun. Many of our materials are available online.
Access thousands of ebooks through the OSL eZone
Check out Rhode Island's online resource center
Join us at the monthly Brown Bag Book Club
Work with Historical Materials
Research will always be integral to my work. Innovation is important, but we need to know and respect the origins of the typefaces. I’m fortunate and thrilled to have the Updike Collection so close at hand… it is such a valuable resource and Jordan (PPL’s Head Curator of Collections) is a huge help to me in finding what I need.
2016 Winner of the Updike Prize for Student Type Design